If neither candidate reaches the 270-vote threshold for victory in the Electoral College, the House of Representatives picks the president, according to a description of the process by the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration.

Every state delegation receives one vote in the process.

advertisement | advertise on newsday

The Senate picks the vice president. Each senator has one vote.

If the House of Representatives does not elect a president by Inauguration Day, the vice president serves as acting president until the House of Representatives resolves the tie.